Please welcome indie author Winslow Eliot

Author Bio:

My novels have been translated into eleven languages and published in twenty countries. They include: Bright Face of Danger (originally published by St. Martin’s Press 1993), Heaven Falls, A Perfect Gem, Pursued, and The Happiness Cure. My motivational self-help book called What Would You Do If There Was Nothing You Had To Do? has won three awards, including Winner/Spiritual self-help by the Indie Excellence Book Awards. My WriteSpa: Writing through the Year, including a Workbook, is also available. Besides writing books and managing my WriteSpa, I teach high school English, I bellydance, sing and play guitar, I’ve visited most sacred places in the world, and I love the tarot.



Book title:

PURSUED


Brief Synopsis:

Investigative reporter Leigh Gardner admired scientist Kale Trenton from the time she first heard of him, way back when she was a teenager. When his ancient chalice is stolen, a chalice vital to a mysterious scientific project he is involved in, she vows she’ll go to the ends of the earth to bring it back–not just for him, but because she wants to know more about its extraordinary power. The more she finds out, the more she realizes she is running a terrifying race against time.


Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

Read!


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always been a writer and having lots of writing relatives and friends probably helped me to realize that.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

It’s kind of wrote itself. I fall in love with my characters and they do most of the work.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.

1) each chapter begins with a tarot reading.

2) there’s lots of travel – these people go all over the world.

3) when I re-read it even now, I can’t put it down – I have to find out what happens (even though I know).


What research did you need to do for this book?

Lots on the tarot and also I did find out about fencing.


Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?

Yes, of course, but I can’t admit that.


Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress?

I’m writing a mystery series.


Writing/publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

Writing every day, all the time. I started Pursued many years ago, and it finally came together.


What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

Quiet, aloneness, a laptop.


What prompted you to self-publish your current book?

I was editing novels for the successful thriller writer John Locke and we got to be friends. As an extraordinarily successful businessman, he couldn’t understand why I was willing to give up rights to a product that I created to a publishing company, as well as giving up half my profits. He was a fabulous inspiration to me.


Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?

By realizing that if you can’t actually put pen to paper for some reason, you can still be ‘writing’ by living, thinking, dreaming, reading, washing dishes, gardening … it’s ALL writing. I don’t call it block any more.


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

Be brave, be strong, be true.


Genre

What genre does your book fall into?

It’s suspenseful and it’s romantic.  


How did you get interested in this specific genre?

I’ve always loved gripping, original suspenseful plots along with tremendously evocative relationships.


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

1) Daphne du Maurier – the best story teller

2) P.G. Wodehouse – makes me laugh

3) Anthony Trollope – keeps those stories coming… I love that.


What was your favourite book as a child?

All my grandmother’s books – her name is Ethel Cook Eliot. Highly recommended.


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

I’m on a Rex Stout binge.

What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?

The Pyramid Legacy by Clive Eaton, of course! A gripping tale!


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

Both – Kindle for travel though! It’s fabulous for that. (I’m glad you didn’t ask about hardcovers.)


Favourites

Drink – water

Meal – vegan Middle Eastern – stuffed grapeleaves, babaganouj, things like that.

Holiday destination – my bedroom.

TV programme – don’t have one – a TV, I mean.

Film – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Method of travel – walking.

Sport – fencing.


How can people connect with you?

Website/Blog: http://winsloweliot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winsloweliot

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winslow.eliot


Where can readers find your book?

Smashwords




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